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Illinois State Trooper Rammed By Tractor Trailer Files Personal Injury Lawsuit

An Illinois State Trooper whose squad car was rammed by a tractor trailer is suing the driver and owner of the commercial truck, alleging the collision caused him serious injury. On Feb. 1, 2015, State Trooper Ricardo Zarate had pulled over onto the left shoulder of Interstate 57 near Peotone, Illinois, to help a stranded motorist during a snowstorm. Mr. Zarate was in his patrol car with the overhead lights activated when a semi-truck rammed into the back of his vehicle about 6 p.m. Police charged truck driver Jason Hitchcock of Gilmer, Texas, with failing to reduce speed and improperly ... Read More

Federal regulators propose new rollover safety standards for commercial buses

A new federal safety standard proposed by U.S. safety regulators would reduce the risk of passengers being ejected from commercial buses during rollover crashes and improve survivability in bus crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the rule in an effort to reduce the number of commercial bus crash passengers and drivers are killed and injured each year. In 2012, the most recent year with complete crash data, there were 54,000 bus crashes on U.S. roads and highways. These bus crashes killed 250 people and injured 12,000 others. More current incomplete data indicates these numbers are steadily climbing ... Read More

Whistleblowers helped U.S. recover billions for Medicare, other programs in 2013

The number of whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act, which allows individuals to sue on behalf of the U.S. government, soared to 752 in fiscal year 2013 and helped the government recover nearly $4 billion in settlements and civil judgments, the U.S. Justice Department said. It was the second largest annual recovery in history. The Justice Department said that 2013 was the fourth consecutive fiscal year in which whistleblower recoveries topped $3 billion. Fiscal year 2012 marked the largest amount of recovered funds to date, with nearly $5 billion in settlements and civil judgments. Most false claims actions ... Read More

Royal baby’s first car ride becomes a lesson in proper infant car seat restraint

Child safety advocates and followers of the Royal Family were shocked when some of the first pictures of the U.K.’s new prince emerged showing baby George, the future king, improperly fastened in his car seat on his very first car ride. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the public at St. Mary’s hospital on July 23. They then put him in the back of their black Range Rover and drove off. After press pictures of the event were published, some immediately took note of the baby’s potentially unsafe seating arrangement. Child care and safety experts ... Read More

Ride malfunction at Ohio amusement park injures seven

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A water thrill ride malfunctioned Friday at Cedar Point amusement park near Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, injuring seven people who were on boat that slid backward down a steep hill and flipped over in water. Investigators are at the park this week trying to determine how the malfunction occurred on the “Shoot the Rapids” ride and why some of the safety restraints were not working properly. “We heard a snap and then a clunk and then it was the loudest noise, like an explosion,” Emily Capezzuto, one of the riders, told the Sandusky Register. “Then it slid down ... Read More

Amusement ride injuries to children soar in summer, new study finds

Twenty children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every day during the summer months for injuries involving rides at amusement parks, fairs, malls, and other venues according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. But the study’s researchers found that most of the injuries don’t occur on the big, scary rides, but the seemingly harmless carousel. Analyzing emergency room records, the study’s researchers found that roller coasters accounted for 10 percent of all amusement park injuries to children. Bumper cars accounted for about 4 percent of the total injuries. But 21 percent of the injuries occurred ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More

17-state salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses in 18 states has been traced to cucumbers from two suppliers in Mexico, federal health authorities say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 73 confirmed illnesses linked to eating the cucumbers contaminated with the “Salmonella StPaul” bacteria. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed two Mexico-based growers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse on a federal import alert. Both companies are located in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Customs agents will deny cucumbers originating from the two companies ... Read More

CDC says food illnesses on the rise, reports sharp increase in shellfish-related sickness

The number of people sickened by pathogens in contaminated food grew last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday in its summary of 2012 public health data documenting foodborne illness in the United States. According to data from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, cases of foodborne infection went up 3 percent in 2012 from the year before. The CDC attributes this escalation in food-related illnesses partly to a surge in the number of illnesses from the Vibrio bacteria found in undercooked shellfish and raw oysters. Records show that those illnesses were up 25 percent, but government ... Read More